15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
car:  4​h
3
Wanaka
— Few hours
Bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Owaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planning tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. In March, Christchurch is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Bridle Path ©
Bridle Path

2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aoraki/Mt. Cook as well as Silver River Stargazing. On the 13th (Fri), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Mount John University Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Alexandrina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally hit the best photo ops around with Silver River Stargazing.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo day trip planning app .

Getting from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Burkes Pass Gallery
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

few
hours
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka road trip website .

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then cool off at Alpine Aqualand, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam good fruit. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Moke Lake, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam good fruit
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand

2
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Trout Observatory, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Owaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Milford sound Hwy
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Trout Observatory ©
Trout Observatory
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

1
night
Owaka

Owaka ©
Owaka is a small town in the Clutha District of South Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McLean Falls, Nugget Point Lighthouse and Surat Bay. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): go for a walk through Nugget Point Lighthouse, head outdoors with Surat Bay, take in the dramatic scenery at McLean Falls, stroll through Purakaunui Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre, and finally make a trip to Nugget Point/Tokata Walks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Owaka online tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Owaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Owaka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Purakaunui Bay, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Nugget Point Lighthouse, McLean Falls, Kaka Point Beach
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Purakaunui Bay ©
Purakaunui Bay
McLean Falls ©
McLean Falls
Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Back to Nature Tours, Tunnel Beach Track and Otago Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): hike along Tunnel Beach Track, then look for all kinds of wild species at Otago Peninsula, and then take a memorable tour with Back to Nature Tours.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Owaka to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Back to Nature Tours ©
Back to Nature Tours
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Corsair Bay. Kids will enjoy Velocity Karts and Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Explore Christchurch further: steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

For traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online trip maker .

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

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